Justin Gatlin left off athlete of the year shortlist

Justin Gatlin left off athlete of the year shortlist

Justin Gatlin left off athlete of the year shortlist

Written by Keshala Dias

03 Oct, 2017 | 2:31 pm

Controversial world 100-metre champion Justin Gatlin was left off the list of nominees for the IAAF’s World Athlete of the Year awards.

It is the first time since 2004 – when the American was also left out – that the world or Olympic 100m champion has not been shortlisted for the title.

The 35-year-old American, who has served two doping bans, was a surprise winner of the blue riband male event in London’s World Championships in August as Jamaican great Usain Bolt bowed out of his top-class career with a disappointing bronze medal.

The 2017 list is led by 10,000m world champion Mo Farah and South Africa’s 400m star Wayde van Niekerk.


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